About the Seminar
A sea of change in the field of teacher education in the country is expected to be brought about by the announcement of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) that has scrapped the two-year Bachelor of Education programme that had been introduced a few years back. A four-year integrated teacher training B. Ed course has been planned that will substitute the two year course that is currently run by the teacher education colleges in the country.
The MHRD has specified further details regarding the integration process and has asserted that the B.Ed course will be offered at two levels – Pre-Primary to Primary level and Upper Primary to Secondary Level. The new B.Ed course will be conducted in three streams – B.A., B.Sc and B.Com. The National Council of Teacher Education has invited applications from interested institutions to include the four year programme in their curriculum from next year onwards in which students, who have passed Class XII with at least fifty percent marks, are eligible to apply for admission. Candidates who have already completed their bachelor’s or master’s degree will have a grace period wherein they can do a two-year B.Ed course or a three-year integrated B.Ed plus M.Ed course.
There is a whole lot of positivity surrounding the move, and the ideas has been lauded for its potential in seeking out candidates with a real interest in the teaching profession, in cutting down an year from the current course, and in tackling the issue of teacher attrition. The four year integrated course designed to inculcate “world’s best practices” in the field of teacher education, seeks to produce “committed, responsible and professional” teachers to improve the quality and standards of school education.
While theoretically, the possibilities and the opportunities offered by the four year integrated teacher education programme seem immense, the changes, challenges and concerns that are likely to accompany its implementation cannot be simply ignored. It remains that most teacher education colleges in the country have to considerably upgrade their resources and manpower to be able to run the course as it has been envisaged. The decision to offer the B.Ed courses in regular degree colleges is also seen with much scepticism by the teacher education sector and several questions need to be raised regarding the feasibility of the process as we move towards the implementation of the four year integrated B.Ed programme.
This is a moment that calls for deliberations and discussions on what could be seen as a monumental transformation in the history of teacher education in the country, and Peet Memorial Training College, Mavelikara, Kerala, is organizing a National Seminar on the 12th and 13th of December, 2019 on the topic ‘The Implementation of Integration: The Four Year Teacher Education Programme and the Upcoming Changes, Challenges and Concerns’. We invite research paper(s) and articles on the prescribed theme and sub themes from educational stakeholders as academicians, teachers, experts in Higher Education, researchers, students, intellectuals and NGO’s from across the country.
About the College
Peet Memorial Training College, Mavelikara was founded in 1960 by the Madhya Kerala Diocese of Church South India in memory of the Rev. Joseph Peet, who was one of the leading missionaries, sent by the CMS to South India. He came to Mavelikara in 1836 not only to spread the gospel, but also to uplift the downtrodden. He was mainly instrumental in popularising education in the area.
Rev. Joseph Peet’s vision was focused on different areas like promotion of holistic development of students, human rights and justice, women empowerment and social upliftment by eradicating castism and untouchability and through women’s education and vocational education. The vision of this great philanthropist has been adopted as the vision of the college.
The college has been rendering service in the field of teacher education by offering Degree course in Education (B.Ed.) in 6 subjects- English, Commerce, Mathematics, Physical Science, Natural Science and Social Science. There is also an M.Ed. Course (Unaided), the number of seats of which has been raised from the initial twelve to twenty five. The college is a Private aided minority educational institution, affiliated to the University of Kerala, recognised by the University Grants Commission and the National Council for Teacher Education and accredited by NAAC.
The college is governed by a management board under the chairmanship of Rt. Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, Deputy Moderator and Bishop of Madhya Kerala Diocese of Church of South India. For the last 55 years the college has occupied a prominent place among teacher education colleges in Kerala and has consistently maintained an excellent academic record. The staff strength is 23 with 11 teachers (including Principal) and 11 non-teaching staff members. The facilities in the college include a well-equipped computer lab, Language lab, Science labs, Mathematics lab, Social Science lab, Women’s Hostel, and Wi-Fi facility with optical fibre connectivity.
About Council for Teacher Education Foundation
The Council for Teacher Education Foundation, one of the pioneer professional organizations in the field of teacher education that was founded by Dr. Gulab Chaurasia, renowned as a distinguished educationist, an illustrious teacher educator and a humanitarian was accorded an international status in 2009. Established in 1985, the CTEF has blossomed into an admirable grid of teachers, teacher educators, researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders in education. Currently the foundation has four overseas chapters and twenty four national chapters and has more than eight thousand individual members in addition to several institutional members. The CTEF has been involved in the organizing and running of several conferences, workshops and seminars across the country over the last three decades, and has earned for itself a prestigious name in the educational scenario of the country.
Thrust Areas for Discussion
- Upcoming Transformations in the Teacher Education Scenario
- Multidisciplinary Approaches in Teacher Education
- Collaborative Learning
- Trend Analysis of Teacher Education Curriculum Revision
- Impact of the Justice Verma Committee Report
- Techno Boost in Teacher Education
- Ensuring Quality in Teacher Education
- Innovative Practices in Teacher Education
- Future Career Prospects in Teacher Education
- Objectives of the Seminar
- Explain and elaborate on the course structure of the 4 year TE Curriculum
- Indulge in productive discussions on the challenges and transformations in store
- Examine the practical challenges to be faced by the TE colleges in the state
- Chalk out a tentative 4 year curriculum implementation plan
- Dwell on the future prospects of Teacher Education in the country
Interested participants should register online at website and by send in the registration fee on or before the 20th of November, 2019. The registration fee is as follows.
For Faculties / Project Fellows – 750 INR
For Research Scholars – 600 INR
For PG students and others – 500 INR
Guidelines for Submission of Papers
Complete paper(not more than 6000 words) with a separate title page consisting of the author(s) name, institutional affiliation, email address and contact number should be emailed to the Scrutiny Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org along with an abstract of not more than 250 words in MS Word (PDF files not accepted), typed in Times New Roman, font size 12 and line spacing 1.5.